WikiLeaks has been republishing a few of its more interesting leaks related to the past Afghan war logs, a vast drove of classified US documents which first hit public view over a decade ago. Below are 10 secret files exposing the true nature of the Afghan war.
The Gold Of Transnational Security Elite
In 2011, Julian Assange explained what’s behind America’s longest ever war: “The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war,” Assange said in the old interview footage.
Julian Assange speaking in 2011: "The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war" #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/Hg3qVzABBg— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 18, 2021
NATO Death Squads In Afghanistan
The Nato coalition in Afghanistan had been using an undisclosed “black” unit of special forces, Task Force 373, to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial.
Details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida were held on a “kill or capture” list, known as Jpel, the joint prioritised effects list.
In many cases, the unit set out to seize a target for internment, but in others it simply killed them without attempting to capture. The logs reveal that TF 373 also killed civilian men, women and children and even Afghan police officers who strayed into its path.
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Feminism For Targeted Manipulation Of Public Opinion
The CIA attempted to blunt criticism of the US ‘endless’ occupation by creating propaganda that emphasized feminism for “targeted manipulation of public opinion”.
This classified CIA analysis outlined possible PR strategies to shore up public support in Germany and France for a continued war in Afghanistan.
After the Dutch government fell on the issue of Dutch troops in Afghanistan, the CIA became worried that similar events could happen in the countries that post the third and fourth largest troop contingents to the ISAF mission.
The proposed PR strategies focused on pressure points that have been identified within these countries.
For France it was the sympathy of the public for Afghan refugees and women. For Germany it was the fear of the consequences of defeat (drugs, more refugees, terrorism) as well as for Germany’s standing in NATO.
The memo was a recipe for the targeted manipulation of public opinion in two NATO ally countries, written by the CIA. It is classified as Confidential/No Foreign Nationals.
Osama Bin Laden And CIA Cooperation
Complex underground fortresses were built in the 1980’s with Osama bin Laden and CIA cooperation.
Tora Bora was known to be a stronghold location of the Taliban, used by military forces against the Soviet Union during the 1980s.
Tora Bora and the surrounding Safed Koh range had natural caverns formed by streams eating into the limestone that had later been expanded into a CIA-financed complex built for the Mujahideen.
NSA Swept Up Entire Country’s Communications
NSA rolled out unprecedented mass surveillance in Afghanistan in 2013, recording and storing nearly all domestic and international phone calls, WikiLeaks revealed.
“We know from previous reporting that the National Security Agency’s mass interception system is a key component in the United States’ drone targeting program.
The US drone targeting program has killed thousands of people and hundreds of women and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia in violation of international law. The censorship of a victim state’s identity directly assists the killing of innocent people.”
“Although, for reasons of source protection we cannot disclose how, WikiLeaks has confirmed that the identity of victim state is Afghanistan.”
Bombing Raids To Promote New Fighter Jets
Sweden wanted to utilize bombing raids over Afghanistan to better market and promote a new fighter jet.
As per the cables leaked by WikiLeaks:
“Sweden has other potential assets for Afghanistan: — Newly acquired HKP 10 Super Puma Medevac Helicopter that could possibly be deployed in Afghanistan after June 30, when the NBG completes its commitment. — JAS Gripen fighters.
Sweden’s Armed Forces has publicly suggested sending JAS Gripen fighter aircraft to Afghanistan. The Swedish military lobbied for the deployment, arguing that possible combat experience would be good for the Air Force — and enhance the marketability of the Gripen.”
Afghan Vice-President Landed In Dubai With $52m In Cash
WikiLeaks Cable details how in one incident the then vice-president of Afghanistan Ahmad Zia Massoud was stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52m in cash.
Rampant government corruption in Afghanistan – and the apparent powerlessness of the US do to anything about it – is laid bare by several classified diplomatic cables implicating members of the country’s elite.
In one astonishing incident in October 2009 the then vice-president, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52m in cash, according to one diplomatic report.
Massoud, the younger brother of the legendary anti-Soviet resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, was detained by officials from the US and the United Arab Emirates trying to stop money laundering, it says.
End Date Narrative
NATO command consistently told over the years not to discuss an end date to the war.
According to NATO Master Narrative for Afghanistan leaked by WikiLeaks:
“There is no pre-defined end date for the mission, only an end state: Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to provide security and sustain stability in Afghanistan without NATO/ISAF
Operation Medusa – Large Scale Massacre Of Civilians
Afghanistan war logs exposed large-scale massacres of civilians by US and coalition bombers.
In a 2015 interview, Julian Assange detailed the 181 kill AC-130 ‘Medusa Massacre’ in Kandahar.
“There were 90,000 records in the Afghan War Logs,” Assange said. “We had to look at different angles in the material to add up the number of civilians who have been killed. We studied the records. We ranked events different ways.
I wondered if we could find out the largest number of civilians killed in a single event. It turned out that this occurred during Operation Medusa, led by Canadian forces in September 2006.
The US-backed local government was quite corrupt. The Taliban was, in effect, the political opposition and had a lot of support. The locals rose up against the government. Most of the young men in the area, from a political perspective, were Taliban.
There was a government crackdown that encountered strong resistance. ISAF [the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force] carried out a big sweep. It went house to house. Then an American soldier was killed.
They called in an AC-130 gunship. This is a C-130 cargo plane refitted with cannons on the side. It circled overhead and rained down shells. The War Logs say 181 ‘enemy’ were killed. The logs also say there were no wounded or captured.
It was a significant massacre. This event, the day when the largest number of people were killed in Afghanistan, has never been properly investigated by the old media.”
Afghan National Police Were Predatory And Corrupt
US intelligence has long understood that Afghan national police were “predatory and corrupt”.
According to the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
OF KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN:
“Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) end state is inadequate to secure stability. The ANA has only 67,000 troops with a current target of 80,000 (due to increase to 122,000). The ANP is severely underfunded, undertrained, and poorly equipped.
Additionally, the Afghan populace views the police as predatory and corrupt vice a source of protection.”
“The [Afghan National Police] is severely underfunded, undertrained, and poorly equipped. Additionally, the Afghan populace views the police as predatory and corrupt”, USG’s 2008 Findings and Recommendations on #Afghanistan and Pakistanhttps://t.co/NZm2eEyOuc pic.twitter.com/3pS3ULbqNd— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 22, 2021